The Syracuse basketball team is going to need to load up on talent in the class of 2017. That’s not exactly news. There’s a very realistic chance the Orange will only have four scholarship players returning, so Jim Boeheim could potentially bring in seven new faces. One of those players could be Oshae Brissett.
The 6-foot-8, 195 forward from Canada, who plays his high school ball at powerhouse Findlay Prep in Nevada, is an intriguing prospect. He’s got a small forward’s body but a power forward’s game, though that’s never exactly been a deterrent for Boeheim and his 2-3 zone in the past. In short, Brissett would fit right in with guys like Hakim Warrick, Damone Brown, Jerami Grant, Tyler Roberson, and most recently, Matthew Moyer.
Brissett recently told Scout.com that the Orange are among the schools pushing hardest for him. He also holds offers from the likes of USC, Arizona, UCLA, Memphis, Maryland, Oregon, Oklahoma, and of course, coming from a high school in Vegas, UNLV. Syracuse offered earlier this month.
Brissett is an explosive athlete and finisher at the rim, and while he’ll obviously need to get stronger to power through defenders at the next level, he displays terrific body control around the hoop. Combine that with good touch in the paint, and he has the makings of an effective interior scorer in college. Of course, he also shows a nice ability to knock down perimeter jumpers, though that’s obviously a secondary facet to his game.
This summer, Brissett has been playing with the Team Canada U18/U19 roster, and was named by DraftExpress as the #3 overall performer (behind big names Markelle Fultz and Michael Porter) at the FIBA U18 Americas Championship. Brissett averaged 16.4 points and 7.8 rebounds during the tournament in helping Team Canada take home the silver.
Brissett is currently ranked No. 80 in the ESPN Top 100, and find himself just outside the top 100 on Scout. Syracuse has more pressing needs at guard in the 2017 class, with Moyer and Taurean Thompson both in the fold as part of the 2016 class. But adding a player like Brissett, who is likely to be a guy who stays a few years in college, would be beneficial for the Orange. He’s the kind of prospect you can let develop for a year behind more veteran players, before unleashing his athleticism as a sophomore.